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NFL players team up to promote ocean conservation
Ocean Conservacy (NEW YORK) -- Several NFL players capitalizing on their stardom to raise awareness of ocean conservation are set to unveil customized ocean-themed cleats, beginning on Sunday.Six players have teamed up with Ocean Conservancy, a nonprofit environmental advocacy group, for the fourth annual My Cause My Cleats initiative, which allows players in the NFL to showcase causes that are important to them.Each participant in this year's initiative has his own special reasons for wanting to promote healthy oceans, which are conveyed in their cleats designs.Jacksonville Jaguar wide receiver Chris Conley told ABC News his love for surfing, a hobby...
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Caroline Wozniacki announces she's retiring from tennis
Scott Clarke / ESPN Images (NEW YORK) -- After nearly 15 years as a professional tennis player, Caroline Wozniacki is retiring from the sport. "I’m ready to move on to the next chapter in my life," Wozniacki, 29, said Friday on ABC News' Good Morning America. "Australian Open 2020 is going to be my last tournament."Wozniacki, currently ranked number 37 in the world, won her lone Grand Slam title at the 2018 Australian Open, defeating top seed Simona Halep.After turning pro in 2005, Wozniacki went on to win 30 Women’s Tennis Association singles titles and was the runner-up at the...
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Top sports stories of the decade: From Simone Biles to Usain Bolt
haizon/iStock (NEW YORK) -- From Usain Bolt burning up the track to Odell Beckham Jr. defying physics to the U.S. women's soccer team in Paris, there were plenty of sports moments to remember as the decade draws to a close.Here are some of the biggest sports stories from 2010 to 2019:1. Usain Bolt, 2012 and 2016 Summer Olympics -- Bolt, a sprinter from Jamaica, changed the sport of sprinting throughout the decade. Never was his dominance more evident than in London when he walked into the Olympics as something of an underdog -- despite becoming a worldwide celebrity following the...
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Scoreboard roundup -- 12/5/19
Sports News December 6th, 2019, 5:19am
Scoreboard roundup -- 12/5/19
iStock (NEW YORK) -- Here are the scores from Thursday's sports events:NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATIONWashington 119, Philadelphia 113Denver 129, New York 92Houston 119, Toronto 109Phoenix 139, New Orleans 132 -- OTNATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUEChicago 4, Boston 3 -- OTCarolina 3, San Jose 2 -- SONY Rangers 3, Columbus 2Colorado 3, Montreal 2NY Islanders 3, Vegas 2 -- OTArizona 3, Philadelphia 1Minnesota 5, Tampa Bay 4Dallas 3, Winnipeg 2 -- OTCalgary 4, Buffalo 3NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUEChicago 31, Dallas 24TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALLAuburn 81, Furman 78 -- OTCopyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
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Oakland Raiders RB has been playing through fractured shoulder
Photo by Scott Clarke / ESPN Images (OAKLAND, Calif.) -- Oakland Raiders rookie running back Josh Jacobs has been playing through a fractured shoulder for the better part of two months, he revealed on Wednesday.Jacobs is fourth in the NFL in rushing yards, with 1,061, posted on Snapchat that since Week Seven, "I just play on it."He initially suffered the injury during a play in the team's October 20th game against the Green Bay Packers. He left that game and received a pain-killing injection before returning. Jacobs has not missed a game since, though ESPN reports his workload has been...
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Tua Tagovailoa talks NFL Draft, recovery from hip injury
Photo by Phil Ellsworth / ESPN Images (TUSCALOOSA, Ala.) -- Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa says he would be likely to enter the NFL Draft if he gets assurances that he'd be chosen in the first half of the first round.Tagovailoa was a Heisman Trophy contender and a potential first overall draft pick until he suffered a season-ending hip injury last month. That injury dropped him from second to thirteenth in ESPN's Todd McShay's latest draft rankings.The NFL College Advisory Committee provides feedback to underclassmen interested in entering their names for the draft. They only provide three grades: potential first-round pick,...
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Scoreboard roundup -- 12/4/19
Sports News December 5th, 2019, 9:15am
Scoreboard roundup -- 12/4/19
iStock (NEW YORK) -- Here are the scores from Wednesday's sports events:NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATIONCharlotte 106, Golden State 91Milwaukee 127, Detroit 103Orlando 128, Phoenix 114Brooklyn 130, Atlanta 118Boston 112, Miami 93Chicago 106, Memphis 99Indiana 107, Oklahoma City 100Dallas 121, Minnesota 114L.A. Lakers 121, Utah 96Portland 127, Sacramento 116NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUEColorado 3, Toronto 1Pittsburgh 3, St. Louis 0Ottawa 5, Edmonton 2Washington 3, Los Angeles 1TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALLMaryland 72, Notre Dame 51Purdue 69, Virginia 40Ohio St. 74, North Carolina 49Gonzaga 101, Texas Southern 62Tennessee 72, Florida A&M 43Washington 90, E. Washington 80Villanova 80, Penn 69Colorado 76, Loyola Marymount 64Utah St. 71, San Jose...
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New Orleans Saints re-sign linebacker Manti Te'o
33ft/iStock (NEW ORLEANS) -- Manti Te'o is reportedly rejoining the New Orleans Saints.A source confirms to ESPN that the team has re-signed the 28-year-old veteran linebacker.The news comes after several Saints linebackers have suffered injuries this season. Middle linebacker Alex Anzalone injured his shoulder in Week 2, forcing him to be sidelined for the rest of the season, and, most recently, middle linebacker Kiko Alonso and strongside linebacker A.J. Klein both suffered injuries during last Thursday night's game against the Atlanta Falcons.Te'o began his NFL career with the San Diego Chargers, and joined the Saints in 2017 when he signed...
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Scoreboard roundup -- 12/3/19
Sports News December 4th, 2019, 5:29am
Scoreboard roundup -- 12/3/19
iStock (NEW YORK) -- Here are the scores from Tuesday's sports events:NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATIONDetroit 127, Cleveland 94Orlando 127, Washington 120Dallas 118, New Orleans 97Miami 121, Toronto 110 -- OTSan Antonio 135 Houston 133 -- 2OTL.A. Lakers 105, Denver 96L.A. Clippers 117, Portland 97NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUEBoston 2, Carolina 0Arizona 4, Columbus 2Minnesota 4, Florida 2Montreal 4, NY Islanders 2Vegas 4, New Jersey 3Philadelphia 6, Toronto 1Tampa Bay 3, Nashville 2 -- OTWinnipeg 5 Dallas 1Vancouver 5, Ottawa 2Washington 5, San Jose 2TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALLLouisville 58, Michigan 43Indiana 80, Florida St. 64Baylor 78, Md.-Eastern Shore 46Dayton 99, Houston Baptist 68Butler 67, Mississippi...
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Carolina Panthers fire head coach Ron Rivera
Phil Ellsworth/ESPN Images (NEW YORK) -- The Carolina Panthers fired head coach Ron Rivera after nearly nine seasons with the team. Rivera first joined the team in 2011, eventually leading them to 3 NFC South titles, 4 playoff appearances, and one Super Bowl appearance. The Panthers are currently third in the division with a 5-7 record, but are entering Week 14 on a 4-game losing streak. In a statement, Panthers owner David Tepper said, "I have a great deal of respect for Ron and the contributions he has made to this franchise and to this community. I wish him the...
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